“Our livelihood is intimately tied to the food we eat, the water we drink and places where we recreate. That’s why we have to promote responsibility and conservation when it comes to our natural resources
– Mark Udall
Livelihood is the means through which an individual secures basic necessities like water, food, shelter, work, education, etc. The working environment should be dignified and sustainable environment. By improving livelihood, the standard of a society can be transformed to the next better level. Every society and individual works constantly to improve its livelihood standards. With growing environmental awareness, the new trend of sustainable livelihood improvement is developing.
How IDCA and its partner NGOs/ social entrepreneurs work towards achieving sustainable and mass livelihood improvement
- IDCA and its partners work to solve the complex problems that migrants face when they reach new destinations that are different from their places of origins. The problems include food, water, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, education, etc. to enable the migrants to attain livelihood and good standards of living is one of the foremost aims of IDCA’s livelihood programs.
- IDCA and its partners aim to improve the livelihood standards of people who live below the poverty line or BPL in both rural and urban India. IDCA and its partners also provide vocational training and placements to workers including migrants. IDCA provides financial and credit education and know how to poor workers so that they are not deprived or cheated at their places of work.
- IDCA works in rural areas for agricultural and animal husbandry improvement to increase income levels in rural India.
- IDCA provides resources and programs to rural migrant workers so that they can establish their identities, reduce their expenditure and increase their incomes. We provide photo ID cards to such semi-skilled and skilled laborers, register them at the work bureau and provide them with skill training so that they can find good paying jobs. We also help such workers in placements and provide them legal aid if they meet exploitation at workplaces and are not resourceful enough to get legal help.
- IDCA and its partners run several technology and information technology programs that are designed to enhance skills and knowledge in the migrants and other workers.
- IDCA and its partners collaborate with World Bank and other donor agencies and channel their funds to improve the livelihood of deprived sections of the society. We give special emphasis on the upliftment of slum areas and improving living standards in slums. We provide drinkable water and educate the slum people so that they can adopt more hygienic living practices.
- IDCA and its partners generate fund that are to be invested in human resource improvement in rural areas. More educated and skilled workforce in rural areas prevents migration and thereby prevents ecological imbalances which mass urban migrations cause.
- IDCA and its partners aim to educate, train and place at least 10,000 workers a day. For attaining the goal, we are working at Panchayat and Block levels of rural India. We have also linked with social security schemes like MGNREGA so that we can enroll more workers for the skill improvement and placement programs.
Several of our members are working on education projects in India and elsewhere. Some of these are:
- Pratham USA–primary education–Many states of India
- Trees for Life– Schools–Mobile Library–UP
- The Swaraj Foundation– Research and Action–Rajasthan
- Educate the Children–Gujarat, Maharashtra, others countries
- Gandhi College, Eastern UP
- Pardada Pardadi Education Society– Girls’ Education–Western UP
- Spread International–AP and elsewhere
- The George Foundation–Tamilnadu, Karnatak
- North South Foundation: Gives scholarships for college education in many parts of India
- Home of Hope Inc.: Supports 15 organization in India
“Let new India arise-let her arise out of the peasants’ cottage, grasping the plough; out of the huts of fisherman,the cobbler, and the sweeper. Let her spring from the grocer’s shop,from the oven of the fritter-seller.” – Swami Vivekananda